An experienced maritime injury attorney can help ensure that injured passengers do not miss the opportunity to obtain the compensation they deserve. If you have been injured on a ferry boat, cruise ship, yacht, sailboat, excursion raft, pleasure boat or any other type of vessel, please contact the maritime attorneys at Latti & Anderson LLP.We have more than 50 years representing passengers hurt nationwide due to the negligent actions or inactions of boat owners and their crew.
Our attorneys always fight for the most compensation available without any out-of-pocket, upfront legal expenses to their clients. We only obtain attorney fees if we successfully recover damages for your claim.
Personal Injury Lawsuit Process After a Boat Accident
Generally, under maritime law, the statute of limitations for passengers injured at sea to file a lawsuit is three years. The statute of limitations tells you when to report injuries in a boating accident and what time period you have to file a lawsuit for injury compensation.
However, vessel owners and operators can change that time period for you to file suit and also require you to provide notice, and that time period is usually much less than three years. This changed time period is stated on the ticket when you purchased your trip. Unfortunately, the courts have upheld these deadlines and their application to passengers.
Maritime Injury Attorney Explains How to Sue a Cruise Ship
Passengers who experience accidents on cruise ships generally must:
- Provide a written notice to the owner of the vessel, the operator or an agent of the vessel that they intend to bring a claim for the injury
- Provide this notice within three to six months after the injury or accident
- Bring a lawsuit within one year of the accident after filing the written notice in the location stated in the ticket
However, these timeframes to file written notice and injury lawsuit do not apply to all passengers and it is important to determine if they do.
Do Cruise Ship Ticket Contracts Affect My Maritime Injury Case?
The actual time period to file a written notice and lawsuit against a negligent boat owner or company, if it exists, will depend on what your ticket states. There may also be a provision in the ticket that sets forth in what court and state the lawsuit must be filed. It is important that you retain a copy of your ticket and read it carefully to see what condition applies.
With these tight timeframes and because the deadlines are different depending on your ticket, you must speak with an experienced maritime injury attorney as soon as you are able to do so. If, on the other hand, the vessel did not give you a ticket, you have to protect your rights differently and the typical three-year statute of limitations may or may not apply. Consult with legal counsel to make sure you do not miss your window to file a written notice and claim.
Call our Maritime Injury Attorney Today to Avoid Missing Lawsuit Deadlines
If you do not provide notice of your intent to sue within the proper time, you will not be able to sue. If you do provide notice but fail to file your lawsuit within the proper time, your lawsuit will be thrown out and you will miss an opportunity to receive any type of damages.
The maritime attorneys at Latti & Anderson LLP have over 50 years of maritime law experience helping passengers injured on cruise ships, ferry boats, whale watch boats and sport fishing trips nationwide. Our attorneys can make sure your suit is filed correctly and on time, so you do not miss your chance to recover compensation for your injuries. We serve clients all over the nation – call us today at 1 (800) 392-6072 to tell our attorneys about your case.